The daughter of Princess Stéphanie of Monaco on life in a caravan in a traveling circus
The daughter of Princess Stephanie of Monaco has spoken of her unconventional childhood living in a trailer with a traveling circus after her mother ran away with an elephant trainer.
Pauline Grace Ducruet, 27, 16th on the Monegasque throne, is the daughter of Stéphanie and her ex-bodyguard Daniel Ducruet, and is the granddaughter of movie star Grace Kelly.
Prince Albert’s niece, who recently launched her own fashion label, spent years living in a trailer in a traveling circus after her mother escaped with an elephant trainer before returning to Monaco.
In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, she said that while her childhood might have been “random”, living and traveling with children from all over the world was “a moment of pure freedom.”
Princess Stephanie of Monaco’s daughter Pauline Grace Ducruet (pictured in Monte-Carlo last year) spoke about her unconventional childhood living in a trailer with a traveling circus after her mother ran away with a trainer. elephants
Pauline spent years living in a trailer in a traveling circus after her mother escaped with an elephant trainer before returning to Monaco. She is pictured with Stéphanie de Monaco at the 44th International Circus Festival in 2020
“It was hit or miss,” she says. “But it was interesting and I was out with animals all the time. I was with children from all over the world – German, English, Italian, Spanish – and we had our own little language. It was a moment of pure freedom that I don’t think many children can have.
The youngest child of Rainier III and 1950s acting icon Grace Kelly, Stephanie has been dubbed the wild child of the family, known for her series of outrageous romances.
Her mother died in September 1982 after driving through a hairpin bend in Monaco and crashing, with her 17 year old daughter Stephanie in the vehicle.
Princess Stephanie, now 56, suffered greatly after the incident and was harassed by false reports suggesting she was driving at the time of the crash.
Pauline is the 16th to the throne of Monaco and the daughter of Stéphanie and her former bodyguard Daniel Ducruet (pictured with Stéphanie in 1996)
The daughter of Princess Stephanie of Monaco is pictured held by an elephant during a performance by the Swiss national circus Knie in Geneva in 2001
In 1991, she got involved with her ex-bodyguard Daniel Ducruet, and the couple had two children – Louis and Pauline – before getting married in 1995.
A year after walking down the aisle, the marriage was left in tatters when Stephanie’s husband was caught frolicking with a woman who had previously won the title, Miss Topless Belgium.
However, Pauline insisted the couple remained close throughout their childhood, always making “it a point for us to grow up with two parents”.
In 1998, Stephanie welcomed a daughter, Camille, but controversy surrounded her birth after the princess did not disclose who the father was.
As such, Camille is not included in the line of the Monegasque throne, unlike her brother Louis Robert and her sister Pauline.
Camille herself identified former palace security guard Jean Raymond Gottlieb, who allegedly headed Stephanie’s security services when they started a relationship, as her father in a gushing birthday post shared on Instagram in 2017.
In 1998, Stephanie welcomed a daughter, Camille, but controversy surrounded her birth after the princess did not disclose who the father was. Pauline, Camille and Stéphanie are pictured during Paris Fashion Week last year
Although Camille shares Gottlieb’s last name, his name is not on his birth certificate and Stephanie has never publicly confirmed that he is Camille’s father.
In 2001, Pauline’s mother left Monaco with her three children to pursue a relationship with an animal master in a Swiss traveling circus.
The relationship ended abruptly, and two years later she married Portuguese circus acrobat Adans Lopez Peres – a marriage that also ended in divorce less than a year later.
Upon their return to Monte-Carlo, Pauline decided to embark on a career as an acrobat on her own, obtained her diving diploma and participated in the World Junior Diving Championships and the Youth Summer Olympics.
At 18, she left the family home to study fashion design at the Istituto Marangoni in Paris before the Parsons School of Design in New York.
Pauline, whose mother Stéphanie posed for Dior, did internships at American Vogue and Louis Vuitton before finally launching her own brand, Alter, which has just released its second collection.